North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean - an exploration "Spring"?
or are we headed into deepest "Winter"
» Senior Analyst
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Geological Society
What exploration opportunities are there in North Africa, from Morocco via Algeria and Libya to Egypt?
Below ground, these countries show different stages of exploration maturity.
Offshore Morocco has been quite active in leasing terms recently and is perceived as a Frontier province.
Algeria has ‘always been open’ and now most plays and basins look quite Mature in exploration terms.
For Libya, one would say that the Offshore is also a Frontier province. Onshore, whilst there is a long history of exploration and production, not all the significant basins have been equally explored, and there is a case to agree that exploration has, for the past several decades, not benefitted from the latest technologies.
Similarly to Algeria, Egypt has ‘always been open’ and most plays look quite Mature in exploration terms, although again there is a case that some modern technologies still have a role to play – for example sub-salt imaging in the Gulf of Suez and Full Tensor Gravimetry onshore.
And the Eastern Mediterranean Frontier has seen considerable excitement in the last year or two, with major - in fact, huge - gas discoveries; an 'exploration Spring' is well under way.
Above ground, of course there are some significant issues to contemplate, in particular with political and security stability still to result in Libya and Egypt in the wake of the ‘Arab Spring’.
This Forum will examine whether or not we should anticipate an imminent ‘exploration Spring’ in the region, in particular whether further large discoveries can be foreseen, and if so, where?
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Our panellists will be:
Neil Ritson, CEO of Leni Gas and Oil
Greg Coleman, MD of Petromall
Terry Quinn, Manager (EAME Region) of Geokinetics
I will pose two questions to begin with:
What are the best opportunities in the region?
Can we work there?
and then open a Q&A sesion.
|David Bamford is a geophysicist by background and an explorer by recent history, and is well known as both around the oil & gas industry. In addition to acting as a director or advisor to several small companies, including his own consultancy, he writes regularly for journals such as OilVoice, ROGTEC etc, and has recently co-founded OilVoice Forums as a vehicle for on-line communication in the oil & gas industry.|
He is a non executive Director of Tullow Oil (since 2004, and is a member of the Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committees).
With a PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Birmingham, he has had over 23 years exploration experience with BP where he was Chief Geophysicist from 1990 to 1995, General Manager for West Africa from 1995 to 1998, and acted as Vice President, Exploration, directing BP's global exploration programme, from 2001 to 2003.
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